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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Downtown Burlington is a 10 minute walk from campus. If you want to get a little farther away, the bus runs right by the campus and is free for Champlain students. We also have free access to UVM's shuttle. The only issue is that sometimes the city buses to not run on schedule, so you can end up standing outside for a little longer than you had planned. On the other hand, it is a free service, and the stop drops you within two minute walk of campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although there is currently a bus strike, when there is public transportation it's pretty good. You can ride the bus for free using your student ID which is nice and the bus takes you around Burlington as well as up to places such as the U Mall and Walmart.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Cabs take to long to arrive and buses run every hour!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Free bussing in Burlington is amazing. I love it. Campus shuttles suck.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Free shuttles and cabs if you use your ID card.

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Champlain College is spread out over 22 acres of a residential area called "the Hill" section of Burlington. The majority of campus is located within a one-mile radius. Most residence halls have a two- to five-minute walk to class, which can be done through other campus buildings to avoid inclement winter weather. Those who live in the few residence halls or their own off-campus apartments two to three blocks from main campus either walk, bike, or use a scooter to get to class. Since parking is very limited on campus, only commuters get a daily parking permit, which costs $100 per semester.

Other commuters can park at Gilbane with the rest of Champlain students' cars. Gilbane is one mile away from main campus, and there is a shuttle that runs between the buildings. The shuttle is getting much more convenient now that the Lakeside Campus/Miller Center (where many Champlain staff and faculty work) is open, adjacent to the Gilbane Lot. This has also prevented car vandalism from happening. Overall, campus proximity to everything in Burlington is perfect. Everything you need is less than a mile away, including Church Street, the waterfront, the art district, the North End, and more. A car is not necessary, unless you have a job out of town. Even with a job off campus, the CCTA bus routes are very convenient and are free with a Champlain ID. Public transportation may be new for some, but you will get used to it and appreciate the usability.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • CCTA (city bus)
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Have a friend drive you and spot them a couple bucks. Most people would be happy to.
  • Take a taxi. Probably costs $10 at most.
  • The South Burlington Circulator CCTA bus route goes by the airport. If you get on the bus from campus, take it to the bus station on Cherry Street then board a bus marked "Route 12," and you can get there for free with your Champlain ID.
Local Taxi Services
There are multiple taxi companies in Burlington. The school provides free taxi cards for anyone living in Spinner Place or Quarry Hill, in case they get stuck somewhere after the shuttles to campus stop running.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Champlain College Public Safety
(802) 865-6465
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA)

Regular one-way fares are $1.25.

(802) 864-2282

15 Industrial Parkway

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Burlington International Airport

This airport is only about 3 miles from campus.

1200 Airport Drive

(802) 863-2874

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is located where the airport is.

1200 Airport Drive

(802) 864-6811

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This Amtrak station is only about a 15-minute drive from campus or approximately 7 miles.

29 Railroad Ave., Essex Junction

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 40% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 35% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 8% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 10% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 10% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 75% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 20 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 39 responses

  • 59% Very easy.
  • 36% Fairly easy.
  • 3% Fairly difficult.
  • 3% Very difficult.
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